Hooksett – Norman A. Therrien, 71, of Hooksett passed away after a period of declining health Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, surrounded by his family at Elliot Hospital. He was born in Manchester on May 30, 1942, to Andrew and Stella (Bisson) Therrien.
Norman served as a Navy Sea-Bee, MCB7, during the Cuban Missile Crisis and was a past commander of the Hooksett American Legion Post 37, where he loved to play pool and be around his many friends. He was a Manchester graduate of Bishop Bradley High School, Class of 1960, and a longtime resident of Hooksett.
Before his retirement, he worked for Sanel Auto Parts for more than 40 years. He was a volunteer member of the Hooksett Fire Department, serving as captain, and a member of Tri-Town Ambulance, serving the Hooksett community for many years.
He was a member of the Suncook Valley Rod & Gun Club. He enjoyed hunting and most of all spending time with his wife and family at his summer camp at Terrace Pines in Ossipee, fishing in the early morning hours, where the mist floated above the peaceful water just before sunrise. He currently holds the record for the largest fish ever caught there – something he was proud of and which his fishing friends continue to try to beat.
All his family and canine buddies will miss the big cookies Pepere used to bring to them. He was a trumpet player of Big Band music and played for several groups in his younger years, growing up in Manchester.
The most important things to him in his life were his wife, Denise (Allard) Therrien, with whom he had been married for 49 years, and his family, who greatly loved him and will miss him dearly.
Norman's family includes his loving wife, Denise, his mother, Stella Therrien, and his four children: his daughters Karen Charest and husband, Dan, of Hooksett, Kathryn Cunningham and husband, John, of Barrington, Kristine Soares and husband, John, of Hooksett, and one son, Kevin Therrien and wife, Sue, of Springfield, Mass. He also leaves his grandchildren, Kyle, Dalton, Joshua, Ryan, Jadyn, Amanda, Adam, Korey, plus a new little one on the way. They will all miss Pepere with all their hearts.
He was predeceased by his father, Andrew Therrien, and his brother Donald Therrien, both in 1981.
An opportunity to visit with family and friends will take place at Petit Funeral Home at 167 Main St. in Pembroke on Wednesday from 9 to 11 a.m. with a brief prayer service at 10:30 a.m. Burial with military honors will follow at noon at New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations should be made to Make-a-Wish America, Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 6062, Albert Lea, Minn. 56007-6662.